The Southern Nassau County CBC was conducted yesterday, 30 Dec 2017, by 89
participants, for the 78th time since 1932.
Conditions were challenging, with cold temperatures (18-26 F) and snow on count
day, and sustained sub-freezing temperatures prior to the count. On the plus
side, there was little wind, and coverage was excellent.
A total of 132 species was recorded, including a White-winged Dove reported
from a feeder in Malverne.
Highlights included the following:
Cackling Goose—two individuals, Massapequa & Baldwin
King Eider—2 Short
Lesser Yellowlegs—two individuals, Hempstead & Short
Snowy Owl—three individuals, Atlantic, Short, Tobay
Northern Saw-whet Owl—Short
Common Raven—2 Hempstead
Lapland Longspur—5 Short
Orange-crowned Warbler—two individuals, Atlantic & Tobay
High Counts were relatively few and mostly involved species continuing strong,
recent upward trends:
Great Horned Owl—5
Misses and Low Counts were relatively many. These included a predictable suite
of freshwater and ice-intolerant species, but also several species exhibiting
declining trends in recent years. Wood Duck, Redhead, Ring-necked Pheasant,
American Bittern, American Oystercatcher, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Barn Owl,
and American Pipit were missed. Low Counts (all ten-year minima) were recorded
Great Blue Heron—58
The only count-week species that I am aware was missed yesterday was Redhead,
but others among those listed above as missed are likely to be recorded during
the count period.
Thanks to all for another excellent count, and for good company during the
compilation at Otto’s in Freeport.
Happy New Year!
Shai Mitra & Patricia Lindsay
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